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GOP: Democrats "harsh" to Aguon/Limtiaco

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Republican Party leadership chiming in on the increasing divide with the Democrats, with GOP Chair Jerry Crisostomo showing Aguon/Limtiaco more love than the Democratic Party.

Crisostomo telling KUAM News “the more the merrier” when it comes to Aguon/Limtiaco’s General Election write-in campaign. And he called the Democrats’ release essentially calling Senator Frank Aguon and Attorney Alicia Limtiaco “sore losers” a little too much.

“I think it’s a harsh statement from the Democratic Party for one of their own,” Crisostomo said. “I think they should have embraced the Aguon/Limtiaco campaign early on, after the Primary.”

But Crisostomo understands why Democratic Party leaders are up in arms about Aguon/Limtiaco’s impending write-in campaign.

“Kind of throws off their game plan, obviously,” Crisostomo tells KUAM News. “So it’s justifiable that they’re concerned about that.”

KUAM News has confirmed the Aguon/Limtiaco team will officially announce their write-in candidacy Saturday night at a rally in Anigua.

While some speculate an Aguon/Limtiaco write-in campaign would somehow benefit the Republican team of Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio and former Senator Tony Ada, Crisostomo disagrees, saying the BOTA team has its own troubles to deal with. Crisostomo saying anyone who thinks an Aguon/Limtiaco write-in means BOTA wins in the General should get their head checked.

“That’s nonsense. I think the BOTA campaign and the Republican Party itself has their own challenges and we have to remain focused in getting our candidate elected,” Crisostomo said.

Meanwhile, Guam Election Commission Director Maria Pangelinan says write-in votes will only be counted if the total number of write-in votes cast could affect the gubernatorial race. So if the total number of write-in votes cast puts a write-in effort in one of the top two slots – we could be in for a very long night on Super Tuesday.

“It’ll be counted by the machine first and then human eyes will validate the entries – the names,” Pangelinan said.

While Democrats on the GEC board are calling for a stricter interpretation of what will make write-in votes valid – for example they don’t think write-in votes for “Frank and Alicia” should count – Pangelinan says partisan politics take a backseat to what a voter wants.

“The most important things is to make sure that we are following voter’s intent. So if they miss the ‘u’ in ‘Aguon’ or the ‘i’ in Limtiaco, we can venture to say it’s still Frank Aguon and Alicia Limtiaco,” Pangelinan said.

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